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Origin of Guinness Book of World Records

History | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod, Interactive

Who founded Guinness Book of World Records?

It was Sir Hugh Beaver, the managing director of the Guinness Brewery, who founded Guinness Book of Records.

How did the Guinness Book of Records start?

Once he attended a shooting party in North Slob in County Wexford, Ireland (May 4, 1951). There he got involved in an argument on the fact which was the fastest game bird in Europe. Later, he realized it was a difficult task to find the answer in reference books. Then the idea of creating a book containing such answers came into his mind.

First Edition of Guinness World Records

The first edition of the “Guinness Book of Records” was bound on August 27 in 1955. It consisted of one hundred ninety seven pages. The book was placed on the top of the British best-seller list by Christmas.

Top 11 Guinness World Records

  1. A Great Dane named Zeus was the lankiest canine. It was 1.12 metres or 44 inches tall.
  2. The Gardner Tony Glover cultivated the heaviest onion 8.5 kg or 18 lb 12 oz in Leicestershire.
  3. A group of eight British criminals with an average age of 57 pleaded guilty to counterfeiting charges in 2009. The oldest member of the group was 83.
  4. Nick “The Lick” Stoeberl from California has the longest tongue. It measures 10.10 cm from tip to lip.
  5. Carlton Williams, a super-fit 50-year-old Welsh builder complete an incredible 2,220 press ups in an hour.He broke his own previous record of 1,874 press ups.
  6. Robert Pershing Wadlow from Illinois 2.72m (8ft 11in) tall.
  7. Jeanne   Calment lived upto 122 years 164 days.
  8. The world’s largest pocket knife was designed by Telmo Cadavez of Bragança, Portugal, and handmade by Virgilìo, Raúl and Manuel Pires of Portugal on January 9, 2003. The 122 kilograms (268.9 pounds) knife was 3.9 meters (12 feet, 8 inches) long when open.
  9. The heaviest lemon in the world is 5.265 kilograms (11 pounds, 9.7 ounces). It was grown by Aharon Shemoel on his farm in Kfar Zeitim in Israel.
  10. Sam Wakeling covered 453.6 kilometers (281.85 miles) on a unicycle in 24 hours at Aberystwyth, Wales, United Kingdom, (September 29 to 30, 2007)
  11. Lee Redmond held a Record for having more than 28 feet long finger nail.